Trichologist Dr Shahid Shamsher tells us 3 basic precautions which help prevent infection.
Don’t keep touching the head.
Some people have an itchy scalp or get small pimples on the head which makes them want to scratch it again and again. Others want to keep finger combing their hair all the time. Most of us do these things automatically without realizing that our hands are a source of many bacterias and viruses. For example when you hold a pen, touch a keyboard, shake hands with some, results in your hands getting contaminated. And then every time you touch your head you transfer that contamination to the scalp.
Don’t share certain things.
Combs, pillow covers, helmets, hair bands are some of things which come in touch with your scalp. If they are contaminated, they easily transfer the infection to your scalp. This is especially true for people who stay in the same house. I see so many cases of room-mates who share their belongings and end up sharing their scalp infections. A similar thing occurs in frequent travelers.
Don’t skip on hygiene.
Sometimes patients are scared of losing hair and just stop washing their head. While some concerns are genuine, like catching a cold from head bath, some level of hygiene also has to be maintained. Just last week I met a patient who preferred to wash his head once a month!! That sort of thing is simply not on. Instead consider washing the scalp at a different time like evenings when it’s much warmer.
Dr Shahid Shamsher is a leading Trichologist certified from UK, Australia & India. Practicing since 27 years in the field of Trichology, even today he consults every patient personally himself rather than leave it to assistants. He can be reached on 080 42067474 / 75.